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1. History of Swansea
In medieval times the main industries in Swansea were leather and wool. In the 17th century the port was starting to become a very big part of the town, as coal mining grew in South Wales. Shipbuilding and iron were also big industries during this time. In the late 18th century the Swansea canal meant the port area became even busier. The North Dock was built in 1852 and the So...Read more
2. Now in Swansea
Swansea Marina is a modern area of restaurants, shops and marine businesses in the Maritime Quarter of the city. Swansea University is at the heart of city life along with Swansea City Football Club. Mumbles is the area to go for independent shops, cafes and restaurants as well as galleries showing local arts and crafts. Mumbles Lighthouse, built in 1794, is still in operation ...Read more
3. Events in Swansea
Swansea Bay Summer Festival runs from May to September and includes a wide variety of events taking place for locals and holidaymakers. Swansea has its own annual comedy festival, which has been running for two years and is already attracting big names. Other annual events to take place in the city include the Wales National Airshow, Botanics in Bloom and the Admiral Swansea Ba...Read more
4. Attractions in Swansea
The Dylan Thomas Centre attracts fans from all over the world and has a permanent exhibition about the writer as well as a programme of arts events and the Dylan Thomas Festival. The National Waterfront Museum uses modern interactive technology and displays to show the history of Wales. The Swansea Museum is the oldest museum in Wales and has an Egyptian mummy and floating exhi...Read more
5. Things To Do in Swansea
Ride the Swansea Bay Rider land train, which takes you along the seafront in Swansea Bay. Art galleries in the area include Attic Gallery, The Lovespoon Gallery and the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery. Dylan Thomas fans can take guided tours of Swansea, Mumbles and the Gower Peninsular, taking in important sites from the writer's life. Tours are also available of his former home.
6. Business in Swansea
Shopping facilities in Swansea are vast and varied. The Quadrant Shopping Centre has high street shops and department stores under one roof. Independent shops can be found in High Street, Plymouth Street and Castle Arcade. Oxford Street is the pedestrianised zone of the city centre and has all the big name brands. This region attracts over 50,000 visitors a week. Swansea Market...Read more
7. Transport in Swansea
Swansea is in south west Wales. To travel by car it takes three and a half hours from London and nearly three hours from Birmingham. The M6, M5, M42 and M50 motorways link Swansea Bay to the rest of the UK. Swansea train station is in the city centre and just 15 minutes' walk from Swansea Bay. Frequent trains run direct from London Paddington, Bristol, Cardiff, Newport, Herefor...Read more
8. Entertainment in Swansea
The Swansea Grand Theatre is the venue for big West End shows and music and dance performances. The venue also has its own regular comedy club. Pontardawe Arts Centre has a theatre, dance studio, cinema, meeting rooms and art gallery and its varied programme of events includes classical music, drama and dance, literature, children's theatre and blues and world music.
9. Famous Landmarks in Swansea
Mumbles Pier was built in 1898 and this Victorian structure is still in use today. It juts 225 metres out into Mumbles Bay. Oystermouth Castle sits above the bay and offers spectacular views. The building has been restored.
10. Interesting Facts about Swansea
Swansea has 32 miles of stunning coast with 52 named beaches and coves - that amounts to a beach for every week of the year.
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01 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Swansea has its own comedy festival, which takes place in June and July. One of the organisers of the event is Swansea-born actress Caroline Berry, who has appeared in Inspector Morse and Dr Who. The festival is made up of touring shows, Edinburgh Festival preview sho ...more
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